The Dating Experiment
|Size||5.5 x 8.5|
|Published||Cedar Fort 2017|
By Rachelle, Submitted on 2017-03-15
I just finished reading an absolutely delightful romantic comedy by Elodia Strain. I have been sort of stressed and working my head off lately and this book was exactly what I needed! The Dating Experiment is excellent and you definitely want to read this so you can laugh, snort, giggle, sigh, maybe tear up a little, and just feel really great from a good read!
Something else that made reading this book super fun was that my 13 year-old daughter snagged it as soon as I opened the mailbox. She proceeded to read it in 2 1/2 days and then it was my turn. I started reading and smiling right from the get-go. My daughter told me, "Tell me when you get to the part where she dates Roarke."
Well, I knew I had found the part because I was laughing my head off! It was so fun to talk to my daughter when she got home from school about the book and we both laughed together. I love that The Dating Experiment is a book that both a mother and daughter can read and enjoy without worrying about objectionable content.
The voice in this book was brilliant. I feel like Gabby is one of my best friends and if I could find her, I'd give her a bottle of my favorite shampoo. You'll have to read the book to find out why.
I received a review copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion which I've shared here.
By Katie, Submitted on 2017-03-14
I don't think I've ever read about a more quirky, unique, and awkward character! Gabby wears what she wants, does what she wants, and blurts things out that randomly pop into her mind without filter. I think she's a piece of what many of us wish to be--at least, I wish that I could be more comfortable with myself and not worry what others think about or see in me. And that makes her all the more uncomfortable to read about, but like a bad train wreck, I just couldn't stop myself. I laughed, I cringed, I blushed, and I wanted to move to a new state and start over, all on her behalf.
I love the comradery and love that she has with her aunt and the quilting friends. Those warm, fuzzy-type of relationships are what everyone needs. When this group decides on a way to reach outside of themselves and to step up their service to the community, my heart was truly touched.
Now for the guys. How in the world does Gabby attract such a wide variety of strange guys?! I was baffled and intrigued, especially when the only sane one just happens to be her best friend from her teenage years, Ian, and he's now engaged and famous. The dates and situations had me nearly rolling on the floor, as I tried to picture these odd experiences and characters.
I wanted more romance. This is a romance novel, but for all the dating, crushes, unrequited love on all sides, there was hardly anything. There are twists right up until the end and I wasn't sure who she'd end up with, but still...some more kissing would've been nice...or even some more of emotional attachments and connections. There's also a teensy mystery going on that I didn't even realize was happening until it's practically over. That aspect would have been fun if it played a bigger role in the book.
Overall, I love Elodia Strain's style and the way she incorporates fun, wholesome stories with atypical characters. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more.
Content: very, very mild romance
* I received a copy through the publisher with no obligation to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
By Cathy J, Submitted on 2017-03-10
I loved this book! The way it's written, just in a fun and light sort of tone, hooked me from the very first page.
I liked Gabby. I was really amazed by her string of bad luck. She had been fired from her job teaching and now she's working as a phone medium and she's pretty mediocre at that. I had to laugh at just how bad she was at it.
To make any money at all, Gabby's roommate finds her fliers about studies that pay the participants money. And that's how she ends up joining The Dating Experiment. Her dates are really quite comical in the dating part. They are just so bad you have to laugh at them. I really loved this whole dating part, just so much fun!
I also love Gabby's Aunt Kit and all of her friends. They call themselves The Pine Needlers, and they are a hilarious group of women. I love the way they all watch out for Gabby, in their own misguided little ways! And the Good Little Anything blog by Lennox, is amazing! I love that idea!
This is a cute book, it's a quick, easy read that you won't want to put down!